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Lyme disease cases in Canada up over 50% year over year

Ticks in a jar

A record number of Lyme disease cases this year in Canada, specifically Ontario versus previous years.  Health officials are warning Canadians to take extra precautions when enjoying activities outdoors this year. 

Lyme risk increases across Ontario in 2017

In Canada there has been a steady rise of Lyme cases.  For instance, in 2016 there were 841 human cases of Lyme disease compared to only 144 in 2009.

For Ontario there was a comparable rise to 343 reported cases in 2016 compared with only 44 in 2005.

2017 is looking to get worse as climate change has migrated ticks further north into Canada.  The problem is, once ticks arrive they don't leave.

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